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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Tyler Thornburg Is Getting Closer To Returning To The Majors



Boston Red Sox Pitcher Tyler Thornburg Is Getting Closer To Returning To The Majors

Boston Red Sox pitcher Tyler Thornburg made his third rehab appearance with the Pawtucket Red Sox on Saturday night. It was by far, his best he’s looked since he began his rehab with the Paw Sox on Monday, April 30th. In one inning of work on Saturday, Thornburg gave up one hit, and struck out one on 13 pitches (9 strikes). His fastball was topping out at 96 mph on the McCoy stadium radar gun.

“We saw a little bit more velocity tonight. There was a little bit more power on the fastball. Obviously the breaking ball, it’s a pretty good pitch for him. It’s sharp, it’s late, and it’s got down bite. But that’s the best we’ve seen his fastball. Last outing there was an uptick in effort level, but this, it looked like he was a lot calmer, and he was able to repeat. I just thought it was a better overall temple to his delivery tonight” said Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles.

As Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles said, he did look a lot better with his fastball and more comfortable out on the mound. As he continues to rehab from his injury, he will start to look better on the mound.

“I never really try to throw hard per se. It’s going to be one of those things that every week or so it should tick up a little bit as it starts bouncing back and recovery gets a little bit better. It should be able to throw a little bit harder here and there and more consistently” said Tyler Thornburg after his rehab appearance on Saturday night.

The uptick in velocity on Saturday night is an indication that he is starting to become healthier and ready to start making that next step. That would include pitching in games on back to back days.

What’s Next For Thronburg

Thornburg still needs to talk to the trainers to figure out what his plan is for this up coming week. He is still not positive if he is going to go with the Paw Sox on the road as they head to Lehigh Valley for three games and Syracuse for four games. But right now the biggest thing for Thornburg is definitely pitching back to back days. As he pitches more during his rehab, the recovery time between outings should become shorter.

According to Red Sox manager Alex Cora, Thornburg will continue his rehab with either AAA Pawtucket or AA Portland this week. That decision will be made on Monday.

“Back to back is going to be the biggest thing. Just starting to chip away at that recovery time, and that’s going to happen the more I throw. So hopefully this next week it bounces back even quicker. By the time I get activated it’s not even a thought in my mind” said Thornburg

If Thornburg is able to come in and pitch on back to back days at the minor league level, it will prove that he has the arm strength to be activated and pitch at the major league level. What Saturday night showed us was that he is starting to gain that arm strength back and he is able to pitch without straining himself on the mound.

Evan graduated from Bryant University in May 2017. He originally joined Trifecta Network back in February 2016. Currently, he covers the Pawtucket Red Sox for Trifecta along with appearing as a guest on Trifecta Networks podcasts.

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Pawtucket Red Sox Add Brandon Phillips To Roster In A Flurry Of Moves



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Pawtucket Red Sox Add Brandon Phillips To Roster In A Flurry Of Roster Moves

The Pawtucket Red Sox have officially added Brandon Phillips to their official roster. He has been with the Lowell Spinners since he signed with the Red Sox organization. With the Lowell Spinners, Philips hit .318 in 6 games while hitting 1 home run and 7 RBI’s. Phillips has spent a majority of his 16 years as a major league ball player with the Cincinnati Reds before playing the 2017 season with the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Angles.

In 1893 major league games, Phillips has hit well, posting a .275 batting average while connecting for 210 career home homes and 949 RBI’s. Phillips also spent 4 seasons with the Cleveland Indians. Phillips will be batting third for the Paw Sox on Saturday night as the designated hitter.

Trevor Kelley Added

The Paw Sox added RHP Trevor Kelley from AA Portland this morning as well. Kelley did pitch in 2 games for the Paw Sox earlier this season while he had 3 and 1/3 scoreless innings for the team. In 2018, he has posted a 3.60 ERA in 30 innings. This is between AA Portland Sea Dogs and AAA Pawtucket Red Sox.

Other Transactions

The Paw Sox have activated infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. off of the temporary inactive list. He was placed on the list on July 11th.

The Red Sox bullpen carousel also continued this morning as the major league team recalled Bobby Poyner from AAA Pawtucket. To make room for Poyner in Boston, the Red Sox optioned Robby Scott back down to AAA Pawtucket. Scott pitched in two innings for the Red Sox on Friday night while throwing 37 pitches. Due to that heavy workload, Scott was probably not going to be available on Saturday for the Red Sox and it gives the Red Sox flexibility out of their bullpen.

In total, the Paw Sox have had 14 player transactions in the last three days.

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PawSox Notebook: Ortega Up Quick, Witte Back, Buttrey Gets Closer Shot



PawSox Notebook: Ortega Up Quick After Draft, Witte Back In Town, Buttrey Gets Closer Shot With Brasier In Boston

The Boston Red Sox transferred their 19th round draft pick from the 2018 MLB draft to Pawtucket on Friday after just 16 games in Lowell. That player is Jonathan Ortega who has batted .326 (14-for-43) in just 16 games with the Spinners.

Prior to Friday’s game PawSox Manager Kevin Boles said a few words on Ortega already being in Triple-A Pawtucket.

“I have talked with Corey Wimberly, their manager in Lowell. He’s a guy that can play shortstop, second base, and third. He has impressed them defensively. Looked up his numbers his last 10 games he’s been competitive at the plate. So we will see what we get. He’s depth for us, we’ve kind of run sort with our roster these days. But hopefully he’s a guy that gets an opportunity here in the next couple of days.” Boles said prior to Friday’s game.

On Friday the injured Marcus Walden threw a simulated game, and by all accounts it went very well.

“Good.” Said Boles. ” He got up and down twice, 15 pitches each time. Said he felt good afterwords. The ball was coming out of his hand pretty good.”

On Thursday night, the first game back after the all-star break, Ty Buttrey was called upon to finish out the game. With Ryan Brasier in Boston it was Buttrey’s first chance at taking the closer role with Brasier up in the Majors. Boles liked what he saw but there was rust.

” I liked it. But again, watching our pitchers yesterday. With Buttrey, it looked like he was getting some of the rust off a little bit. So to me, it was a little bit suspect at times. But again, he’s got power at the end of the games, this is something that maybe we will continue. The one thing you have got to make sure that you don’t run into a trap. You are pitching at the end of a game, you still have to use your secondary pitches. And I think sometimes the trap can be is if you are in the 9th inning and the game is on the line, you just want to go straight power. And so, you still have to have some balance in that really.”

One thing that Buttrey has improved upon lately is mixing.

“Before, he was at 70-72% fastball percentage and we are starting to see a little bit more balance with the off-speed. We are going to get there. Again, this takes time. This is something that’s not going to happen overnight. You are not going to get a 50-50 split within a day or two. It’s just not realistic. Nor is it fair to ask. There is some balance here and another trap that guys fall into is that they hear the noise and that they know they are competing and doing well. And if they are blowing fastballs by a guy, they don’t want to run into their bat speed. So they want to put up numbers here so people will take a look at them up top. He’s done that, and now the plan is to step further on how we can develop so when he gets up to Boston. Whenever that maybe. That he is able to use that mix.”

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Boston Red Sox Call Up Sam Travis, 2018 Draft Pick Already In Pawtucket



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Boston Red Sox Call Up Sam Travis, Witte Back In Pawtucket And A 2018 Draft Pick Already In AAA Pawtucket

On Friday the Boston Red Sox placed outfielder Andrew Benintendi on the bereavement list, the corresponding move was recalling Sam Travis from the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Travis has batted .224 in 205 at-bats this season for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

This is the 24-year-old’s second recall of the 2018 season with the first-base/left fielder batting .167 in 12 at-bats across 4 games for Boston this season.

For Pawtucket they needed to call in the reserves to help fill their roster out with infielder Jantzen Witte being transferred back to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland and then infielder Jonathan Ortega being transferred all the way from Single-A Lowell.

The 28-year-old Witte has appeared in 193 games with Pawtucket over the course of the last two seasons with the infielder spending the entirety of the 2017 season with the PawSox. Witte has a career .249 batting average in Triple-A and can play first, second, third, and left field if needed.

As for Ortega, the 21-year-old was drafted by Boston in the 19th round of the 2018 MLB draft and has 16 games played in his professional career all coming with Lowell. The Texas native has batted .326 in 43 at-bats and can played second, short, and third base.

Pawtucket will take on the Syracuse Chiefs on Friday night with Tommy Milone taking on Boston’s rehabbing Drew Pomeranz.

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